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Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino's Inexplicable Timeout Costs Cardinals

Bobby Petrino calls an inexplicable timeout vs. Florida State.


Update: We've got an explanation for Petrino's decision, and it's certainly confusing. You can read about it here.

Earlier: Louisville just fell 31-24 to No. 6 Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in the Georgia Dome. In the final minute of the loss, Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino called one of the most confusing timeouts you'll ever see.

Louisville had Auburn facing a 3rd-and-2 from the Cardinals 38 with :52 remaining when an offensive holding penalty pushed the Tigers back 10 yards. When the referee announced the penalty, he declared that it "was not a (time) run-off situation", and it looked like the clock would be stopped at :52 and not start automatically.

But instead, Petrino inexplicably called his final timeout. In doing so, he allowed Auburn to run a running play for a loss of one yard, which burned up much of the clock because Louisville was out of timeouts. The Tigers called timeout with three seconds remaining, had quarterback Jeremy Johnson take a shotgun snap on the final play, run out the clock, and then throw an incompletion downfield out of the reach of everybody. 

That's a tough way to end it for the Cardinals. At least they have the consolation of battling back from a 24-0 deficit against a quality opponent and nearly winning the game.